My Colombian War

My Colombian War
This is a book, full of my own story on the first few pages, and stories about different women that have been affected by the Civil War in Colombia. 

This is a book dedicated to all those women that have lost their families, children, and love of life.

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All works © Laura Lewis 2014.
Please do not reproduce without the expressed written consent of Laura Lewis.


Colombia, Women, Purity, Feminity

A number of Monoprints I am working on for a small booklet, they talk about women, feminity, purity, and the cultural and political issues in Colombia.

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        Violence against Women Perpetrated by the State and Armed Groups
It has been reported that in the year from October 1995 to September 1996, socio-political violence killed 172 women and caused the disap- pearance of 12 women. During the same year, at least 35 women were tor- tured and another 33 were threatened and harassed.40 Another report indicates higher numbers, with a woman being killed every week in com- bat, every two weeks a woman being a victim of a forced disappearance, and 363 women dying each year because of socio-political violence.41 Violence against women in the armed conflict in Colombia is committed by members of all sides of the conflict.
The Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women has reported that “women are targeted for being relatives of the ‘other’ side. Armed factions threaten and abuse women for being in solidarity with their
husbands or partners, or because of the partner they have chosen, or for protecting their sons and daughters from forced recruitment.”

Indigenous and Black Women in Colombia (ANMUCIC). On July 21, 2000, Marlen Rincón, who was the Departmental President of ANMUCIC in San Juan, was killed, allegedly by paramilitaries who accused her of providing aid to guerillas. Additionally, on September 3, 2002, para- militaries allegedly killed Gloria Marín de Borrero, another ANMUCIC leader, in the municipality of Zulia.45 This organization, in particular its president, Ms. Leonora Castaño, was granted protection by the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights on March 2, 2001.46
More recently, another member of ANMUCIC, Mrs. Nhora Cecilia Valasquez Cortes, was taken by armed men, kept overnight, and tortured because of her activities with this organization. They accused her of providing aid to the guerrilla movement. (See OMCT appeal 290703.VAW and its follow up) Mrs. Velasquez and other members of ANMUCIC continue to be harassed and receive threats because of their work.
Women’s organizations as well as individual women are put at additional risks because of their role in obtaining food. Paramilitaries reportedly intervene in attempts to collect food, accusing the women of supplying nourishment to the guerrilla movement. One such instance of intervention occurred in August 2002, to a worker with the League of Women Displaced by Violence in Bolívar, which coordinates a food program for displaced persons. When the worker went to receive food under the auspices of the program, she was met by a paramilitary and asked whether she was providing food to the guerrillas. She explained that the food was for displaced people, the paramilitary made a call on his radio, and then he warned her that her organization would be placed under surveillance by his group. Such threats discourage women from continuing their important work in providing food to displaced populations.47
Women are also vulnerable to violence in their attempts to mobilize mani- festations against the war. 



My family and I left the country, when I was only 8, we had to move,  because God told my Dad. My parents didn't want us to grow afraid. We were in one occassion stopped by the Guerrilla on a Trip to the Coast of the Country (Barranquilla) . The insecurity and lack of a peaceful future made us emigrate – you could say that we became  refugees from  the forgotten conflict that still in is the country after 70 years.

This project is presonal to me because I could have been one of those kidnapped girls, or lived in the insecurity of a country that is itself one of the most beautiful places in this planet. I believe that I have found a subject matter that I am passionate about, something that gives me the responsability to talk about this situation, and this women that encounter themselves, alone and in pain for most of their lives.

 There are between 11,000 and 14,000 child soldiers. 
Guerrilla and paramilitary forces recruit, sometimes forcibly, and use children. Guerrilla groups, paramilitaries, government armed forces and national police all perpetrate violence and abuses against civilians, including children and adolescents.  These are infractions of international humanitarian law and human rights, yet these crimes are often committed with a high level of impunity. Young people have been killed and maimed, victimized by sexual violence, lured and forced into the ranks of combatants, used as informants, marked as targets and driven from their homes.  Young people have been devastated by the culture of crime and violence that has evolved in Colombia due to the nexus of armed conflict, illegal drug trafficking and proliferation of small arms
(WatchList: Children in Armed Conflict)

All this conflict is going in a country where people have seen it so much that it almost doesn't affect people in the capital (Bogota) feel anything. When I was only a child I remember seeing children selling sweets by traffic lights, TODAY I am twenty-two years old. and this is an ongoing situation.

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Pathways to Bliss
In Pathway to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation, a book drawn from Campbell’s late lectures and workshops, he says about artists and the monomyth:
Artists are magical helpers. Evoking symbols and motifs that connect us to our deeper selves, they can help us along the heroic journey of our own lives. [...]
The artist is meant to put the objects of this world together in such a way that through them you will experience that light, that radiance which is the light of our consciousness and which all things both hide and, when properly looked upon, reveal. The hero journey is one of the universal patterns through which that radiance shows brightly. What I think is that a good life is one hero journey after another. Over and over again, you are called to the realm of adventure, you are called to new horizons. Each time, there is the same problem: do I dare? And then if you do dare, the dangers are there, and the help also, and the fulfillment or the fiasco. There’s always the possibility of a fiasco. But there’s also the possibility of bliss.
Joseph Campbell, it's such a bliss.